Riunite Lambrusco Review & Tasting Notes Hot

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With the right glass, the Riunite Lambrusco produces a strong, almost overwhelming aroma of berries - probably strawberries, but perhaps a more generic mixture of blackberries and raspberries. Riunite Lambrusco has a fairly simple taste, much sweeter than most red wines with weak tannins and flavors of cherry, berry, and perhaps a little plum. Red wines are typically served warmer, but Riunite Lambrusco is best served very cold.

Riunite Lambrusco Tasting Notes & Review

Color & Clarity
Riunite Lambrusco is a dark, ruby red wine that is fairly clear and bright.

Nose
With the right glass, the Riunite Lambrusco produces a strong, almost overwhelming aroma of berries — probably strawberries, but perhaps a more generic mixture of blackberries and raspberries. The berry aroma is almost too intense and may be designed to be easier to smell with mediocre wine glasses, but frankly I never noticed it before using a large Spiegelau Bordeaux glass.

Palate
Riunite Lambrusco has a fairly simple taste, much sweeter than most red wines with weak tannins and flavors of cherry, berry, and perhaps a little plum. Red wines are typically served warmer, but Riunite Lambrusco is best served very cold. Be advised also that this wine is slightly carbonated, another difference from standard red wines.

Food Pairing
You can pair Riunite Lambrusco with almost anything that can handle a sweet wine with strong flavors. Pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs will fit both the flavor and the casual character of this inexpensive wine. It's also a good idea to try to pair Riunite Lambrusco with regional foods of central Italy.

Recipes
I doubt I'd try adding Riunite Lambrusco to any dishes; if you are looking for a general red wine to use, you're better off with a dry burgundy.

More on Riunite Lambrusco

Lambrusco
Lambrusco has a mixed history. It's one of the oldest wine-producing grapes we use today, with evidence dating it back to the ancient Etruscans. The name "Lambrusco" comes from the Latin lambrusca, which means "wild vines." The popularity of Lambrusco as a cheap imported wine in the 1970s has given it a bad reputation today. Many seem to assume that Lambrusco grapes can't produce anything but simple, sweet, and causal wines but there are several varieties of the Lambrusco grape which, when blended together, allow wine makers to create a variety of interesting flavors. Lambrusco wines may be due for a revival.

Riunite
Riunite might be an easy target for wine snobs, but the overall quality of Rinuite wines is consistently good. Not every occasion calls for complex, sophisticated wine — sometimes a basic, casual wine is exactly what a meal or occasion calls for. Riunite produces several different kinds of wine which fit this bill and all are probably worth trying at some point.

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4.0
Reviewed by Austin    November 04, 2011
Last updated: November 04, 2011
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Riunite Lambrusco

Riunite Lambrusco is a wine that lots of people look down upon, but they shouldn't. It's not a sophisticated wine and it definitely sweeter than a lot of people are happy with, at least with a red wine, but at the same time it meshes readily with so many different foods. It's especially well suited to warm weather eating like picnics and cookouts. The low price of Riunite Lambrusco also makes it a very good value, so you can get several bottles for a party

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